Degree Overview

Maranatha's Accounting degree offers you a world of opportunities beyond the job market. Besides making you profoundly employable, it enables you to help your local church with budgeting and internal accounting systems. This degree can also grant you entry into restricted-access countries, allowing you to share your faith more freely than typical missionaries can.

MBU graduates consistently score above the national average on the CPA exam. Maranatha has an outstanding faculty, qualified and eager to prepare you for success in the accounting industry.

The CPA-track major provides all the courses, content, and credits to meet the state board requirements for CPA licensure in an undergraduate degree.


Program Outcomes

  • Students will demonstrate knowledge of accounting terminology and concepts.
  • Students will demonstrate the ability to solve accounting problems.
  • Students will demonstrate skill in written and oral communication.
  • Students will demonstrate expertise in using technology.
  • Students will demonstrate Christian character and application of Biblical principles.
  • Students will gain employment or pursue graduate education in accounting or a related field.

Suggested Course Schedule

1st Year

Semester 1

  • Intro. to Business & Management (3)
  • Computer Applications Seminar (1)
  • Old Testament Survey (3)
  • English Composition 1 (3)
  • Principles of Accounting 1 (3)

Total Credits: 15

Semester 2

  • New Testament Survey (3)
  • English Composition 2 (3)
  • Principles of Accounting 2 (3)
  • Music Elective (2)
  • The Modern World (3)
  • Fundamentals of Public Speaking (2)

Total Credits: 16

2nd Year
3rd Year
4th Year
5th Year

Related Minors

  • Accounting Management
  • Business Management
  • Marketing Management
  • Digital Media Communications
  • Organizational Leadership


Potential Career Fields

  • Certified Public Accountant
  • Certified Management Accountant
  • Forensic accountant
  • Financial analyst
  • Tax consultant
  • Financial planner
  • Auditor
  • Budget analyst
  • Chief financial officer

*Some careers and employment positions require graduate degrees, specialized training, or additional certification and licenses.


Rachel (Downs) Woodby ('12) graduated with her Accounting CPA degree and began work as an audit associate at Side Bailly, LLP in Bismark, ND, soon after she passed her CPA exam. "At Maranatha, I learned professionalism demonstrated by there faculty, a good work ethic gained from all those course requirements, and leadership skill learned both in the dorm and the classroom," she said. Ride Bailly, LLP made an offer to Woodby's husband, Thomas ('14), as well, allowing husband and wife to work together.

MBU Program Faculty

Meet some of the people who lead this program


Tracy Foster

School of Business | Professor


DBA, Walden University

MBA, Syracuse University

BS, Montana State University



Jeff Drost

School of Business | Professor


PHD, Regent University

BM, Graduate School of Banking, University of Madison

BS Business Management, Cardinal Stritch University

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